Bad breath is scientifically known as halitosis. The symptoms of bad breath should be easily detected or simply observed when a person exhales or speaks.
Now what actually causes bad breath?
Poor oral hygiene is the main factor that causes halitosis.
The food we eat, could affect the smell of our breath. Strong-smelling food such as garlic, alcohol, certain types of meat and that infamous durian, will make breathing smelly.
Combined those eating habit with yet another habit of improper brushing and flossing that leaves food particle in our mouth and between the teeth, we got here the formula for a smelly breath.
A continuous bad habit like those stated will promotes the growth of bacteria and microbes which are living in the mouth. Over time, a graver dental condition such as gum disease and cavities built-up will happen.
Smoking is another cause of bad breath, unless if you are a smoker yourself, the breath of another smoker must smell normal, aren't they?
Smoking will dry up your mouth. The similarities could be seen when one is fasting or early in the morning when we just wake up from our slumber. Nobody smells good then.
Bad breath also could be a hint of a serious illness. Disease such as diabetes or gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD), can also cause bad breath. GERD is a symptom of back-flow of acid from stomach to esophagus.
A rarer cause for bad breath is liver or kidney disease, which happen when toxins from these organs are extracted through the lung and go into our breathing system. The result is of course a bad breath.
There are also certain medications like anti-histamines, diuretics, and tranquilizers when taken will contribute to your smelly and bad breath.
Now this is the list of the prevention that you could do.
1. Maintain a good dental and oral hygiene - Using a mouth washer is good, but it really not enough. It could mask the odor but could not cure the disease. Daily flossing and brushing with correct technique are only basic steps toward a fresh mouth. You do need a dentist to help you.
2. Stop smoking - Sorry folks. There are no other ways round.
3. Drink enough water - Drinking enough water will flush away those pungent microorganisms in the mouth.
4. Eat healthy food - Breath mint is good. But there are natural ways too. Some herbs could prevent bad breath. Parsley, coriander, spearmint, fennel, tarragon, rosemary and cardamom are well known for their great cleansing properties. You could just chew them on or brew some tonics by adding those ingredients into hot water or even into your favorite tea.
Some fruits and veggies could also give some helping hand in combating bad breath. Indulge yourself with apples, berries, citruses, carrots or celery for an experience of freshness and clean breath. The fact is, any fruits and veggies rich in fiber will do a good job of promoting saliva production and keeping the mouth moist and rinsed out.
Some active cultures in yogurt can help in cutting back the amount of bacteria in the mouth, thus helping to reduce dental plaque and gum disease as well. They simply call those bacteria in yogurt as good bacteria.
Vitamin D in yogurt, cheese and milk also will depress the bacteria in your mouth, thus making them shying away from your mouth.
Seriously, taking a good care of our mouth is really important. Not only it will create good personality and impress people, what is more important is that it will give a healthy oral and comfortably fresh breath. You will be healthy and people will like you. What's more could you possibly ask for?